Friday, March 13, 2015

Family 5K

In our stake some girls have organized a 5K run the first Saturday of every month. I think they just started up again, and when they announced it in church I thought to myself that this was something we should do as a family.  I informed everyone that we would be running bright and early Saturday morning.  The kids were excited and Dan just looked at me like I was crazy, which, admittedly , I was.
I started to have second thoughts on Friday when I realized just how cold it was going to be at 7AM the next day, but...we were going to do this as a family! So, we woke the kids up early (something that never happens, by they way. The wake up way earlier than we do) and got ready with our running clothes :)
We drove to the church with Scott and Carol Lee. There were only a few other people there, and it wasn't like a race or anything, just kind of, "Here's the course, go when you are ready, and have fun." Everyone took off and we were having a good time...until the cold started to seep in. Then Milee, Brinley, Cole were rather cranky....the whole 3.2 miles. I'm talking like screaming and crying at the top of their lungs cranky (it was cold and their poor hands and feet were freezing).

 You can see how not happy this little man is. He hurt his leg awhile back, and I guess it is still bothering him. Running is not something he enjoys apparently.
 This is the halfway turn-around point. Milee is crying about her hands in this picture, and Cole is looking at me like I'm nuts because I wanted a picture to prove that we did this :)
 Look, he did it too...while pushing a stroller with three kids on it...that's got to be at least 100lbs. He's studly.
And this is us dying at the end. We are probably not going to do any more of these, but I asked Kember and Caden if they wanted to do them with grandma and grandpa and they said yes, so that's kind of fun. Those two were troopers the entire way, and I'm super proud of them.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Dance Performance

Our girls are taking dance from a family friend (actually, I think that technically they are cousins). The girls really like it, and Ginger (the teacher) is great. Ginger found out last week that they were invited to perform at the cheerleaders and drill teams showstopper thingy :) And even though she doesn't read this blog, I have to give a shout out to Ginger for choosing age appropriate costumes, music, and moves. I was proud to watch my girls out there...I wasn't cringing to see them do sexy moves that really, no one should be doing.

I don't think the girls really understood much about the performance, other than mom was stressed and cranky trying to get everyone ready (they had practice right before and everyone had to be ready because we weren't coming home again....). Just as a note, Milee doesn't like mom doing her make-up. There was weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. Which I totally understand. That's how I feel every time I put make-up on :) Kember didn't like it either, but stood up to it a lot better than my 4yr old.  It always amazes me what make-up does to them though. Maybe I should start wearing it more.

When we got to the high school and connected with Dan I think the first question he had was, "How long is this going to take?" I just looked at him.  Really? "Haven't you ever been to one of these before?" I said. It was his turn to just look at me.  "Why would I have been to one of these before?" Well, his eyes were opened and he is just going to have to get used to things like this :) Although, I'm crossing my fingers my girls don't want to be cheerleaders or drill-teamers. Don't get me wrong, the girls were extremely talented, and if that's what my girls want to do, I will totally support them, but really I don't think I'd be sad at all if they wanted to do something else instead :)

So, here are my little cuties.

Milee's dance was super cute. She danced to Splish Splash, and let's face it, watching 4 yr olds. is just funny. One of the girls fell over in her tub, and sometimes they just stood there, and another girl wouldn't get out of her tub :) Milee was always a couple counts off with her moves, but she did them and was super cute!

I was so proud of Kember. She hates getting in front of people, and I've never seen her dance better. She is really improving. I'd love to post the videos of their dances on here, but it won't let me :(

Okay, so here is my question for dancers out there (which, the only people who read this are family and we aren't dancers, so it's a moot question, but I gotta ask it anyway). What is with the faces the cheerleaders and drill team members make while dancing? It looks like your face is twitching when you are winking mid-dance. Why is the fish face apart of the dance? It doesn't make you look cute. It looks like a fish. You are not a fish, nor are you emulating one in your dance. And shaking your head while winking or making the fish face just makes me dizzy. Actually, all the faces that were made not only made the girls look ridiculous, but it was super distracting. Dan couldn't stop laughing, and I was so focused on the faces I wasn't watching the dances. That can't be the point of it. What's wrong with just smiling while you dance? I'd really like to know why they do that. I'm not trying to make fun or be disrespectful.  The girls are all very very talented, so my question is "Why?".

Monday, March 2, 2015

Green Dot Club

 So, to my understanding the Green Dot club is showing proficiency in each section in Language Arts and Math. If you get a red dot it means you don't understand the concept at all, yellow means you are okay, and green means you get it. So for the Green Dot Club you have to get a a whole bunch of green every subject/ yellows, or reds.  So my little Caden man did this, and it's really awesome. I'm super proud of him. He was in this last year, and he did it again this year! Apparently not a lot of kids do this, and I am hoping that he will continue to be a part of this "club".

And his little sister wanted her picture taken too, and who can resist this face?